Man acquitted after homemade firearm claims

An Aberdeenshire man accused with possessing homemade guns at a farm has been cleared at the High Court in Aberdeen.

Ian Robertson was on trial with co-accussed Raymond Panton at the Granite City court this week, facing charges of owning ‘improvised shotguns and ammunition’ at a farm property just outside New Deer.

A jury of eight men and seven women heard evidence that the men got the illegal weapons after two masked robbers armed with swords raided their home in April this year - leading Mr Paton to arm themselves with baseball bats and other weapons for protection.

The court also heard that in August last year Mr Paton claims to have found two metal tubes hidden in Mr Robertson’s bedroom.

He claimed that he realised that could be slotted into one another and, with a pumping motion, could be used to fire shotgun cartridges.

Mr Panton then called the police and asked them to come to Parkhill Stores, Greens, New Deer - their address at the time.

It was after this that both men were arrested, and accused each other of owning the firearms.

At the close of the case yesterday (Friday, November 27) a submission of no case to answer was made by Mr Robertson’s counsel Drew McKenzie. Lord Bannatyne ruled that there was not enough evidence to convict him and he was subsequently acquitted.

Speaking after the case, 40-year-old Robertson said the ordeal was extremely stressful and that he was glad the trial was over.

Mr Panton is still awaiting a verdict in his trial.